Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin – Launch Report

The new Honda Africa Twin is the most anticipated and discussed bike of 2016. Carl Kritzinger attended the international launch in the Western Cape and filed this report. In 1986, the year of its birth, the Honda NXR750 “Africa Twin” won the Paris-Dakar rally raid. It was conceived with the sole purpose of winning this […]

Harley-Davidson Street 750: Road Test

Harley-Davidson has given birth to a new bike, their first since 2001. While classic Harleys appeal to highway warriors, the new Street 750 (and 500), an “urban cruiser”, is a lot less Steppenwolf and a lot more Run-D.M.C. Going downtown: The Street 750 was made for the city So what is it? It’s the answer to the prayers of […]

KTM RC390: Road Test

The RC390 certainly isn’t cheap. So the question is, can it justify that hefty price tag? This is the KTM RC 390 and it might just have the most exciting visual design in the motorcycling world. The mixture of smooth surfaces, sharp angles and exposed trellis frame all cohere into an aggressive and beautiful looking […]

Kawasaki ZX-14R – Road Test

When it comes to top speed and acceleration, the ZX-14R is a brutal machine. But it also has a gentle, practical side, as our reviewers discovered. Tester 1: Eugene Herbert – Boardroom assessment and fair-weather rider While it is true that many riders enjoy Harley-Davidson and related cruisers, they have never been the benchmark of […]

Has the superbike met its match?

As most motorcycle riders know, bikes will beat cars on pull-away. But what happens if you bring a really big gun to a quarter-mile duel – a supercar that’s probably the second fastest production car money can buy here in South Africa: the McLaren 650S Spider. Why “second fastest”? Because its Coupé brother is 4 […]

MotoGP: A thrilling season awaits

With the 2015 season of MotoGP rushing closer, it is already shaping up to be an extremely exciting season. The pack has been shuffled properly due to both rider and team changes taking place, ensuring exciting prospects for the season’s racing. Talented rookies as well as a few welcome returns are sure to make the […]

SYM Crox – Road Test

It’s probably not since the 1980s Yamaha Passola, ridden by the hottest girl in school, that we thought of budget scooters as cool. Until now.   Is it just another scooter? A scooter is a scooter is a scooter right? Well, for the most part, yes. The scooter market is immense and most scooters are […]

Pretoria, Swaziland round trip – 3 days

1. Total distance of route and date of ride? 990 kilometres Click here to open in Google maps. 2.How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? Three days. Leisurely 3. Why are you recommending this route? What’s special about it? The route goes through Swaziland, which is so close to […]

Speedweek 2014

Last week Speedweek happened on Hakskeenpan in the Kalahari, near the border between South Africa and Namibia. What an event! Bikeroutes went there to check out the scene and found magic. Speedweek is like Africa Burn for petrolheads, but better: a bunch of people on a dry lake with the sole aim of having fun […]

Patensie, Steytlerville, Uitenhage – 1 day (dual)

1. Total distance of route and date of ride?  300km; July 2014 2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? Leisurely, eight hours. 3. Why are you recommending this route? What’s special about it? Less travelled Baviaanskloof area; beautiful mountain surroundings. And for those living near the Baviaanskloof […]

West Coast, Northern Cape and Cederberg – 2 days

1. Total distance of route and date of ride? +/- 900 km 2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? One-and-a half days. On the first day we rode about 300 km and 600 km the second day. On tar our speed was 110 to 140 km/h and […]

Honda VFR1200X CrossTourer

What is it? The Honda VFR 1200X CrossTourer is a dual-purpose adventure/touring bike. This Honda has the BMW1200 GS and KTM 1190 lined up neatly in its crosshairs and intends to make some serious inroads into the adventure/touring market. It’s comfortable on longer rides for both rider and pillion and more than capable off the […]